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    2016 September Sew Sampler

    Hi everyone! I don’t know about you, but I always get excited around the 20th of each month because I know that my Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Box is on the way! Today I’m showing you what all came in the September Sew Sampler Box. It’s too late to get this exact box, but if you sign up before … [Read More...]

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    October 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I really love living in Colorado because we really get to experience all four seasons here. While I tend to be excited for the start of each of them, I really have to say that fall is my absolute favorite. It’s still nice outside, but the air has a fresh crisp feeling to it. And don’t … [Read More...]

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    The Quilt Block Cookbook

    Hi everyone! I have an exciting announcement for you today! A good friend of mine, Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock, just released her new book “The Quilt Block Cookbook” and I’m honored to be part of her blog hop introducing the book as well as showing you some of what I love about … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

    Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: World’s Greatest Composers Review

    Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you what my World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1 curriculum looks like up close in a fun video review! For more information on World’s Greatest Composers curriculum, click below! World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 World’s Greatest Composers … [Read More...]

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2016

2016 September Sew Sampler

Hi everyone! I don’t know about you, but I always get excited around the 20th of each month because I know that my Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Box is on the way!

Today I’m showing you what all came in the September Sew Sampler Box. It’s too late to get this exact box, but if you sign up before October 18th you can get the October box!

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What is a Sew Sampler Box?

The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that delivers surprise goodies right to your door! It’s $24.95/month and the boxes ship on the 20th of each month.

There are at least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, patterns, thread, and anything else full of quilty goodness! You’ll also receive a Block Recipe card each month with three size options. These can be put together for a super cute sampler quilt! You can see previous recipe cards here.

If you’re new to sewing or quilting these are a great way to build up your stash of fabrics, patterns, and notions. Especially if you’re unsure of what to get to start out. I’ve been sewing and quilting for about a year and a half now and I think the Sew Sampler boxes are really fun and have thus far been packed with super cute and helpful tools!

Let’s take a look into the September 2016 Sew Sampler shall we?

I’m always amazed at how much fun stuff that Fat Quarter Shop stuffs into their Sew Sampler boxes!They also put in a product card along with a total box value each month so you can see what you’re getting. I definitely think it’s a great deal, and this month’s box was worth $53.89!

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Notions:

This months box included some of my favorite notions! I’ve been thinking about getting one of the Clover White Seam Rippers for a while now and was super excited to see it included in my box this month! I have to say that I really like how it fits in my hand, and I love the rubber gripper which helps hold it better. It’s also nice and sharp! The only thing I don’t love is the plastic cover over the pointy end. I can see that getting ripped or lost quickly. But still love the seam ripper as a whole.

The next item had me so excited! It’s a ruler pal from my friend Jodi at Pleasant Home etsy shop. Her products have recently been picked up by Riley Blake Designs which is super cool. She makes my favorite magnetic pin bowls, and the ruler pals are a great way to store your rulers!

And they even included another fun notion, it’s this super cute spool holder. I have a larger version of this in my sewing room, but it’s full, so I was excited to see this smaller version. It’s a great way to store your thread so it’s easily accessible! I think I’ll use this one for all of my white thread. Yes, I have a lot of white thread LOL!

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Fabric & Patterns:

Of course one of the most fun parts of the Sew Sampler boxes is the fabric right!? This month came with the Sweet Orchard Rolie Polie by Down Grapevine Lane for Riley Blake Designs. It’s a fun floral and fruity collection with some basic stripes, dots, as well as text prints. In case you are new to quilting the Rolie Polies are 2.5” by WOF strips all rolled in to this cute little bundle. The hardest part about using up these cuties is opening them up!

There is also a super cute Fat Quarter Shop exclusive pattern included called Twirling Flowers. It’s a really cute and easy pattern, great for beginners! And of course it’s Rolie Polie friendly!

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Bonus Items and Recipe Cards:

This month’s box also included a super cute Create Zipper Bag as their bonus gift. Who can’t use an extra zipper bag right!? It’s made of canvas and just so happens to be one of my favorite colors.

They always include a coupon code for a special item, but this month’s box has SIX coupons for all kinds of goodies. I’d show you the inside, but then I’d be giving away the coupon codes. So you’ll just have to take my word for it that they’re great codes!

And of course there is the recipe card for block number 6 included, along with a fun sticker and 9-patch Sudoku game just for fun!

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My Thoughts:

This is my 3rd Sew Sampler box and I have to say that I’m usually not that into monthly subscription boxes because you never know what you’re going to get. But I’ve honestly really liked all of the items that I’ve received in the boxes and Fat Quarter Shop is very generous in what they put in them! I have not been disappointed in a box yet, and I definitely feel like I’m getting my money’s worth!

Plus it’s fun to get a little happy mail each month too!

 

Interested in signing up? Click the image below to sign up for your Sew Sampler box too!

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And don’t forget to follow Fat Quarter Shop’s social media to keep up with all of their fun projects!

Disclosure: I received this box free for review on my blog. The opinions expressed in my post are my own and were not influenced by the company or free product provided.

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2016

October 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hi everyone! I really love living in Colorado because we really get to experience all four seasons here. While I tend to be excited for the start of each of them, I really have to say that fall is my absolute favorite. It’s still nice outside, but the air has a fresh crisp feeling to it. And don’t even get me started on all of the pumpkin spice stuff popping up in the stores! This month is great for soups, crockpots, and meals that warm the belly! So here’s my 2016 October Monthly Meal Plan to help you get started!   Download the 2016 October Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 October Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 October Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the store. I find that I spend less when I shop off of a list, then flying by the seat of my pants. I also … [Read more...]

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2016

The Quilt Block Cookbook

Hi everyone! I have an exciting announcement for you today! A good friend of mine, Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock, just released her new book “The Quilt Block Cookbook” and I’m honored to be part of her blog hop introducing the book as well as showing you some of what I love about it.   The book is different in that it allows you to come up with your own unique designs and patterns. There are 50 block ideas in the book itself, along with several quilts showing you how you can combine the blocks to create a fun quilt design. But you can really put any of the blocks together that you’d like to, and in any arrangement you prefer as well. Each block is made up of a variety of staple units, and so you can create the blocks as directed in the book, or you can put them together in anyway that you can dream up on your own! . This is one of my favorites. It’s also near to my heart because this quilt needed a little extra love and attention, and I was honored to … [Read more...]

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2016

Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see below!   Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Brazil & the Atlantic Ocean on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Portuguese – Oi’! Prayed for the Brazilian people Read Children Just Like Me Book Made Brigadeiros (Yummy chocolate balls) Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Brazil Geography Vocab: Jungle, River, Meander Learned about Brazil, people, and climate from the Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Created an awesome Rain Forest diorama! (See pics below) Played a little soccer with the neighbors! Learned about the 2nd Wonder of the World: Christ the Redeemer Statue … [Read more...]

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2016

Tip Tuesday: World’s Greatest Composers Review

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you what my World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1 curriculum looks like up close in a fun video review! For more information on World’s Greatest Composers curriculum, click below! World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 2 How to create a lapbook Watch the video review of World’s Greatest Composers curriculum here!   What is the World’s Greatest Composers Curriculum? In this series of studies, we will be taking a look at 8 of the world’s greatest composers through a study designed for elementary aged students. The goal behind the World’s Greatest Composers curriculum is to immerse students in the work of each composer so that they are well familiar with their style, methods and music. Much of your time studying will be through open discussion with students and listening to compositions. Upon completion of this curriculum, your student should be able to easily recognize the pieces … [Read more...]

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2016

Sewing 101: How to Clean Your Iron

Good morning! Do you get nasty brown gunk on the bottom of your iron? Worried it might come off and stain your fabric? Before you toss out that old iron and buy a new one, I wanted to share a quick and easy method for cleaning your iron and making it look new again!   You will need: 1 Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Distilled White Vinegar Water Old towel 1 dirty iron (I have a Panasonic Cordless NI-WL600 and love it! You can see a video on my iron and fabric pressing tips here.) Watch my video on How to Clean Your Iron here!   To clean the iron face: Wet a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and rub it on your iron face to remove tough brown stains. To clean the iron steam holes: Pour a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar into your iron water reservoir and press your steam button to clean out the steam holes. Continue steaming the old towel until the steam holes are cleaned out. And that’s it! Super easy and it only take about 5 … [Read more...]

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2016

Fix It! Grammar Review

Hi everyone! As most of you know we are trying out a new English/Grammar curriculum this year and I’ve had several requests to do a review of that for you. We’ve been using Fix It! Grammar now for about 6 weeks and so far I really like it. I also have a giveaway for you so make sure to read all the way to the end! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, however please know that I would not recommend a product that we don’t use ourselves!     We are starting with the Fix It! Grammar Level 1 book, The Nose Tree with my 5th, 7th, and 8th graders this year. Now I do want to say that this level is a little too easy for them right now, but I’ve looked ahead and it does pick up in difficulty as the year progresses. But the main reason I wanted to start off with the first book is because it’s a new curriculum for us. I did look at other levels and some of the terms used were not familiar to me, and so I just thought it would be more effective to start fresh … [Read more...]

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07
2016

Expedition Earth: Mexico World Geography Unit

Did you know that Mexico has the second largest land border in the world? Do you know which border that is? If you guessed the Mexico/United States border then you are correct! The Mexico/U.S. border is 3,141 km (1,951 mi) long! Give yourself an extra point! There are over 100,000,000 people living in Mexico and about 1/4 of the population lives in the capital city, Mexico City. Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world! Yum! But there are a lot more interesting facts to learn about this beautiful country than just their food contribution!   Want to learn more about Mexico? Here’s what we learned about during our Expedition Earth week on Mexico!   Here’s what we did this week: Located Mexico & the Gulf of Mexico on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish– Hola! Learned to count to 10 in Spanish Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a Spanish Song Made homemade tortillas Completed a … [Read more...]

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05
2016

2106-2017 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Good morning! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 2nd Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I think this year is going to be really fun and  I’ll tell you all about it in the video! So to see what my 2nd grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here!   2nd Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 & Draw Write Now books Bible: Word of Life Quiet Time devotion Phonics/Grammar: Abeka 2 (Language 2 and Letters & Sounds 2) History: Abeka Reading/Literature: Classical Literature Units & All About Reading 2 Math: Math U See Beta Music: Choir (At our options program) P.E.: Swim Team, Ice Hockey, PE at Options Science: Abeka maybe a scientist unit if we can fit it in! Spelling: Spelling You See C Typing: Typing Web Vocab: Vocabulary Workshop Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that … [Read more...]

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04
2016

2016 September Monthly Meal Plan

Hey everyone! First thing, Happy Labor Day! I hope you all have a great day! Sadly for my kids, I forgot to add this as a holiday in our homeschool planner, so we’ll probably end up doing school today! Oh the horror! Second thing, wow August has been so crazy with back-to-school that I completely forgot to put up the September meal plan! I really love fall, cool weather, and fun fall recipes too. So this month is full of some serious recipes that are not only easy, but delicious too! So sorry for the delay, here is my September 2016 Monthly Meal plan for you! I hope it helps make back-to-school easier for you.   Download the 2016 September Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 September Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 September Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the … [Read more...]